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Incubus Bassist Makes Most Of Group's Hiatus

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2008

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Ben Kenney has some impressive credentials, and a heavy workload, as a band member — with the Roots and, since 2003, Incubus — and a session resumé that includes Justin Timberlake, Erykah Badu and Timbaland, among others.

Amid all this, however, he’s found time to release three solo albums, including this year’s “Distance and Comfort,” and tour in support of them.

“I just like to stay working,” says Kenney, 31. “As I get older, I definitely am getting closer and closer to the point where I want to have a family and do the grown-up life stuff, but as for right now if I’m not working I get really restless and I don’t feel useful.

“So I’m kind of at peace mostly when I keep doing stuff, be it on tour or in the studio. I have to stop and take a break every once in a while, but usually I’m most comfortable when there’s a finish line approaching.”

Kenney’s latest spate of activity concurs with an Incubus hiatus, during which the band members have done everything from have children to, in the case of guitarist Mike Einziger, write a symphony and study music at Harvard. But Kenney says the group plans to reconvene toward the end of the year to discuss recording and touring plans for next year.

“There’s a lot of communication in the band and we all have a great deal of respect for having the job,” Kenney says. “Everybody in the band knows that this isn’t something a lot of people get to do, and we appreciate it.

“We also get along and really care about each other. It’s out of respect for that that we know if we take a little time off and then get back together, we’re gonna be even stronger. So in my mind, we’re gonna come back — and better than we ever were. You can count on that.”

Ben Kenney and Heavy Young Heathens perform Thursday (Nov. 6)at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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